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Joint Base San Antonio shooting reports prompts base lockdown – suspects at large

Main gate at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. (U. S. Air Force photo by Melissa Peterson)
June 09, 2021

On Wednesday, Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) ordered personnel to lockdown over reports they received of gunfire outside the base gate.

UPDATE, 3:06 p.m. CDT: JBSA announced an all-clear and lifted the lockdown. Officials are still investigating to find two suspects and uncover what happened.

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The official base Twitter account first tweeted at 12:51 p.m. CDT, “Active Shooter warning for all JBSA-Lackland personnel. All base personnel implement LOCKDOWN procedures immediately and take cover. Real World LOCKDOWN, LOCKDOWN, LOCKDOWN.”

Later, during a 2:30 p.m. CDT press briefing in front of the base gates, a JBSA spokesman said no injuries have been reported and the base is working to “confirm whether gunshots actually did occur.”

The spokesman said the base does have “some solid reports that two gunshots were fired into the installation” but no reports of anyone seeing any shooting suspects.

Asked whether the base might have overreacted at the unconfirmed reports of gunfire, the spokesman said, “We have to take every report seriously; now I would rather overreact to something than underreact and get it right. We can triage whether or not we responded appropriately later on but as of right now I can say I am 100% confident we made all the appropriate response and made all the right calls along the way.”

The spokesman could not provide any descriptions of a shooting suspects or suspects during the press conference.

After their initial tweet, the base account had added at 1:27 p.m. CDT: “#ActiveShooter update: There are no suspected injuries at this time. The shooting is suspected to have happened outside Valley Hi Gate on JBSA-Lackland. JBSA emergency responders are working with the SAPD to clear the area and search for the shooters.”

The San Antonio Police Department also tweeted, “SAPD is assisting Joint Base San Antonio in a reported shooting investigation. At this time, a crime scene has not been located and no persons have been hit. The investigation continues.”

The base issued another update, tweeting, “#ActiveShooter Update: JBSA-Lackland is now in a modified lockdown after an active shooter situation. A press conference will take place at 2:30 p.m. today in front of Valley Hi Gate off-base near JBSA-Lackland.”